2020 Grammys

Mustard's 10 Best Collaborations: Critic's Picks

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DJ Mustard attends the 2019 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 1, 2019 in Las Vegas. 

Mustard (born Dijon McFarlane), has been one of the premier hitmakers in hip-hop for a decade. The DJ burst onto the scene in 2011 with Tyga's anthemic "Rack City," and his producer tag has since become second-nature to rap fans across the globe, as he's stockpiled banger-after-banger on his resume while helping redefine the West Coast's mainstream sound.

On Friday (June 28), the Los Angeles native's journey continued when he delivered his anticipated third album, Perfect Ten, the first through his 10SUMMERS label. The effort includes assists from rap friends new and old, including Playboi Carti, Future, A$AP Ferg, Roddy Ricch, Migos, Young Thug, and a moving posthumous outro from the late Nipsey Hussle. 

With Mustard making a name for himself in the artist game, we sifted through his entire discography and here are his top 10 artist collaborations. 

10. "Want Her" Feat. Quavo & YG

Another monstrous beat that might as well be an alarm clock for women to start twerking in the club. Quavo and YG talk about the lengths they'd go to get the attention of a certain woman they're fawning over, a very relatable topic for your average listener to vibe to. The instrumental was actually pulled from an unfinished Mustard collab with Travis Scott, which was recorded circa 2015, and leaked last year.

9. "Face Down" Feat. Lil Wayne, Boosie Badazz, Big Sean & YG

The most star-studded cut on Mustard's 10 Summers 2014 debut. Each of the MCs bring their A-game on this raunchy tune, exchanging verses about their twisted sexual desires. Mustard masterfully blends a distorted 808 that could blow out a speaker behind a cinematic, key-driven melody. Sean Don made it clear he's had enough with the rapper groupies. "She leaned over like I love you, I'm just like bitch stop/ You done fucked about half of hip-hop," he raps. 

8. "Left, Right" YG Feat. Mustard

Mustard notches a feature on the second single from YG's explosive My Krazy Life debut. Outside of flexing his vocal chops on the bridge, the super producer tunefully combines elements of hyphy with violins for the soundtrack to YG embarking on his triumphant journey to victory.

7. "In My Room" Feat. Ty Dolla $ign & Tyga

By far the most EDM-leaning record to make the list. Mustard collides contrasting worlds with the then-electronic Dutch trio, Yellow Claw, but brings along West Coast pals Tyga and Ty Dolla $ign to add some hip-hop flair. The duo pass the baton back-and-forth trading off sultry verses to go with a memorable video filled with booze and a plethora of women twerking at a lit house party. "In My Room" even cracked the Electronic/Dance charts, peaking at No. 30 on the Digital Song Sales chart. 

6. "Perfect Ten" Feat. Nipsey Hussle

Hussle and Mustard came up in this game together. Following Nip's death in March, Mustard saw no voice more fitting to close out his album than the late Los Angeles native. The outro's somber strings are representative of the hip-hop community's tears shed after losing one of its key cogs. "Perfect Ten" even samples motivational words from a previous Nipsey interview with Big Boy's Neighborhood, where he speaks on persistence and his mentality of all-around self-betterment, a pillar of what made Hussle a unique personality in a game filled with flashy fodder and mindless entertainment. The Marathon Continues. 

5. "Baguettes in the Face" Feat. NAV, Playboi Carti & A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

If there was an Avengers movie made with the youth's favorite rappers as superheroes, NAV, Playboi Carti, and A Boogie would each have a starring role. Mustard enlists the power trio for this mariachi-tinged record, which he had just had a ton of success with when producing YG's "Go Loko." NAV probably made some new fans with his effort on "Baguettes," while Carti employs his trendy "baby voice," which fans can't get enough of at the moment. 

4. "Dangerous World" Feat. Travis Scott & YG

"Dangerous World" undoubtedly got buried with the ominous track dropping on the same day that Travis Scott released Astroworld and YG delivered Stay Dangerous. With neither of the artists gobbling up the tune for their albums, Mustard smartly took the record as his own and named it after the dueling projects. Travis floats on the Mustard beat with another infectious chorus, as the Compton native comes in hot to flaunt his wealth and romancing ways. 

3. "Don't Hurt Me" Feat. Jeremih & Nicki Minaj

The three-part melodies in Mustard's repertoire contained a secret sauce that made just about everyone want to hit club dance floors across the nation for the middle portion of this decade. The 29-year-old crafted another variation with his "Don't Tell 'Em" collaborator, adding Nicki Minaj to take "Don't Hurt Me" to the next level in powering his Cold Summer album. Looking back, it's funny hearing Nicki's verse when she raps about Steph Curry paling in comparison to LeBron James, as the Warriors were famously in the midst of blowing a 3-1 lead to the Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals. 

2. "Pure Water" Feat. Migos

Mustard and the Migos shouldn't have waited this long to connect for their first official collaboration. The twitchy "Pure Water" came as the result of a random studio session between Quavo and Mustard in Los Angeles earlier this year. The duo went on a spree crafting seven records in a two-day span, but knew something was special about "Pure Water," which was rushed out as a Mustard single in January. The 10SUMMERS CEO was proven right, as the tune has been a Hot 100 mainstay for the past five months, reaching a peak of No. 23. They need to let go of whatever heat they have left in the stash at some point.  

1. "Whole Lotta Lovin'" Feat. Travis Scott

With Scott becoming a bona fide superstar in 2018, take this record and release it now, and you'd have a certified Hot 100 smash hit. It's still mind boggling the piano-laden tune never got its due at the top of 2016. The record boasts an EDM feel and could've even had some pop appeal. With more than 21 million views on YouTube, it looks like a lot of listeners arrived late to the party. A hidden gem on both artists' discographies.

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